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Brenda Gael Smith

Landlines: Canola Country Brenda Gael Smith

About my artwork

I create textile paintings and sketches made from a rich palette of my hand-dyed fabrics complemented by extensive, textural stitching. Much of my work is inspired by the colour and patterns of the natural world. Using a process of abstraction, I capture the essence of my subjects in simplified form. Working improvisationally, I refine line, shape, colour and texture to evoke a sense of place, express an idea, highlight an issue or elicit an emotional response.

Daily walks are a creative habit integral to my studio practice whether I am home or travelling. By closely observing my surroundings, and taking hundreds of photos, I have a bountiful inspiration bank that informs my work. I also embrace the serendipity factor. From the dye pot, to the design wall, to the sewing machine, I am always open to the possibility of a glorious accident.

On Exhibition


  • 26 September to 29 November 2020: Gosford Art Prize at Gosford Regional Gallery, East Gosford, NSW.
  • 15 October 2020 – 10 January 2021: Quilts=Art=Quilts at the Schweinfurth Arts Center, Auburn NY, USA.
  • 30 October – 18 December 2020: Australia Wide Seven at Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT.



Global Quilt Connection

I’ll be introducing myself and presenting my live, online lectures and workshops as part of the 30 September  Global Quilt Connection: A Virtual Meet the Teachers Event. Each session will showcase 30 teachers from around the world with each teacher having 3 minutes to present their online workshop and lecture offerings. Guild reps are invited to register for these FREE events and will receive a list of teacher names and contact information to follow up after the webinar.